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Skoda Superb review - Reliability and Safety

The Superb is a safe family car that should prove largely reliable

The Superb was the first Skoda to be based on the VW Group’s modular MQB platform, which brings with it the benefits of producing components and engines on a huge scale. Because it shares many of its mechanicals with other models throughout the SEAT, VW and Audi ranges you can rest assured that any deficiencies have been ironed out by now.

The latest Superb arrived in 2019 and is yet to feature in a Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – but the pre-facelift model was well-received. A strong 24th-place finish out of 100 cars came thanks to its family-friendly features and large boot, amongst good scores in most other categories bar ride and handling – some rivals fared better as propositions for keen drivers. 17.8 per cent of owners reported experiencing a fault with their car – only slightly more than the 16.4 per cent of surveyed Mazda 6 owners.

The Superb is also without a doubt the most technologically advanced and safest Skoda ever built, with a vast range of crash-prevention systems. This resulted in a strong five-star performance in the Euro NCAP crash tests, when adult and child occupant protection were both awarded an 86 per cent rating.

The Superb’s roster of available safety features include blind spot detection, to prevent you changing lanes when another car is in the danger zone, and lane assist, which nudges the steering wheel automatically to keep you within the white lines demarking your lane.

Lane assist also works with the adaptive cruise control system for the traffic jam assist function that accelerates, brakes and steers the car for you in stop-start traffic. Rear traffic alert first warns you, then brakes the car if something is headed your way when you’re reversing out of a parking bay. You can also get Skoda’s crew safety system which closes windows and tightens belts if an imminent disaster is predicted.

Warranty 

All Superbs come with a three-year warranty but unfortunately – in common with VW Group stablemate Audi – the cover is capped at 60,000 miles. That sort of mileage will be covered easily by many of the big Skoda’s fleet users, but an extension to five years or 100,000 miles will cost around £650.

Servicing 

It costs around £150 for an intermediate (10,000 mile) and about £275 for a full (20,000 mile) service at your local Skoda dealer, which is competitive. Alternatively you can opt for one of the manufacturer’s fixed price service plans, starting at £500 for three years/30,000 miles.

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